LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan has criticised the Conservative government’s cuts following the London Bridge terror attack – a move that has sparked swift backlash for “disgusting political point-scoring”.
Sadiq Khan has controversially tied yesterday’s terror attack at London Bridge to the Conservative’s cuts to the Ministry of Justice and policing. This comes after police confirmed that the man who carried out Friday’s stabbing attack at London Bridge was a former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences. The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured.
However, Mr Khan’s criticism was met with immediate backlash among those who claim the Labour London Mayor was trying to score political points during an election campaign.
He told Sky News: “There are big questions that need to be answered.
“One of the tools that judges had when it came to dangerous convicted criminals including convicted terrorists was the ability to give an indeterminate sentence to protect the public.
“That was taken away from them by this government.”
Mr Khan continued: “In the past, a judge could say this person is so dangerous they can’t be released until they prove to us they are not a danger to the public.
“That’s not there now, and that’s a concern.
“The second issue, is when a person is released on license, does the Ministry of Justice and the probation service have the resources to supervise people who are clearly dangerous?
“A man like this who was convicted of a serious offence shouldn’t be able to be released automatically.
“I voted against the government getting rid of the IPP sentence. The judges need more tools.”
Social media backlash against the Mayor of London was swift after the interview on Sky News.
Several viewers rebuked Mr Khan for “politicising” an event when the country was in mourning.
One tweeted: “Sadiq Khan is on Sky News right now blaming the ideology of ISIS on Tory cuts and underfunding? This would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic.”
Another said: “Sadiq Khan, I’m watching you on Sky News politicising the events of yesterday. Now is not the time to use this tragedy to start your nonsense political point scoring.
“Let’s not forget your track record for dealing with anything is dreadful.”
A third viewer added: “Sadiq Khan on Sky News just now turning this tragedy into a political campaign opportunity is disgusting.”